SCOTUS to Resolve EEOC and DOJ Split on Sexual Orientation Issue?

An upcoming potential Supreme Court case, which will require reviewing a decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, could help reconcile the different opinions by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding sexual orientation and whether it is protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At least, […]

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SCOTUS to Weigh Same-Sex Marriage Issues Regarding States’ Rights

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear both sides on issues involving¬†the rights states may have in defining marriage. The court in 2013 already struck down federal prohibitions on same-sex marriages when it invalidated Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Now it turns its attention to whether states can define marriage […]

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By Refusing to Hear the Issue, SCOTUS Allows Gay Marriage in Five More States

The Supreme Court today refused to consider whether states can ban gay marriages and in so doing upheld rulings by judges in five states that had struck down bans on gay marriages. As a result, Virginia, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Utah and Indiana will now be obliged to allow gay marriages, bringing the total number of states […]

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President Signs LGBT Anti-Discrimination Executive Order Amendments

President Obama this morning signed amendments to Executive Order 11246 prohibiting companies that conduct business with the federal government from discriminating against their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. "In fact, more states now allow same-sex marriage than prohibit discrimination against LGBT workers," Obama said at the signing ceremony.  "So I firmly believe that […]

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Attorney General Extends Same-Sex Spousal Protections

Attorney General Eric Holder today is expected to issue a directive recognizing the rights of same-sex spouses in the U.S. judicial system. This will mean that same-sex couples can no longer be required to testify against one another in federal court. They will also be granted the same rights in Bankruptcy Court as heterosexual couples […]

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